Law Seminars International Presents: A Comprehensive Two Day Conference on

Litigating Class Actions
New developments and strategies from plaintiff and defense perspectives

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

October 24 & 25, 2011
The Gleacher Center in Chicago, IL

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Corporate and trial attorneys, corporate executives and governmental officials responsible for managing class actions litigation

Why You Should Order

Class action litigation has the potential to impact virtually every business and is more prevalent today than ever before. The rise in this type of litigation has led to an ever-changing and constantly developing body of law with which practitioners in all areas need to be familiar. Class action procedures and practice are an overlay affecting numerous substantive legal regimes, including antitrust, securities and other financial transactions, consumer protection, contracts, false claims act/whistleblower claims, governmental investigations, labor and employment, and Internet privacy, to name just a few.

This conference is designed to inform and discuss significant developments in class action litigation. Our faculty is comprised of leading class action practitioners, judges, and service providers from across the United States to discuss new developments and strategies from both plaintiffs' and defendants' perspectives to meet the strategic, substantive, procedural, and ethical challenges that class action litigation presents.

~ Adam J. Levitt, Esq. and Dean N. Panos, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Monday, October 24, 2011

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Breakfast sponsored by Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Adam J. Levitt, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC / Chicago, IL

Dean N. Panos, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Jenner & Block LLP / Chicago, IL

8:45 am

Watching for Ethical Challenges from the Start of the Case

Recruiting class representatives; communications with absent class members; settlement negotiations; negotiating attorney's fees; candor with the court in class settlements; common fund and statutory fees cases; valuing non-monetary class benefits

Stephen M. Rummage, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA

9:45 am

Motions to Dismiss Under Rule 12(b)(6): Updating Your Playbook After the Twombly and Iqbal Cases

Pleading enough facts to cross the line from possible claim to probable claim

Elizabeth A. Fegan, Esq.
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP / Oak Park, IL

10:30 am


10:45 am

Lessons from Specific Areas: Securities and Financial Roundtable

Securities actions in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and the Dodd Frank Act: The impact on financial fraud cases

Howard S. Suskin, Esq., Moderator
Jenner & Block LLP / Chicago, IL

Thomas H. Burt, Esq.
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP / New York, NY

E. Powell Miller, Esq.
The Miller Law Firm, P.C. / Rochester, MI

Stanley J. Parzen, Esq.
Mayer Brown LLP / Chicago, IL

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Tips for Plaintiffs and Defendants for Dealing With Parallel Government Investigations

Defendant's perspective

Mark David McPherson, Esq.
Morrison & Foerster LLP / New York, NY

Plaintiff's perspective

Myron M. Cherry, Esq.
Myron M. Cherry & Associates LLC / Chicago, IL

2:30 pm

Arbitration Clauses after AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion

The decision's effect on drafting and enforceability of arbitration agreements; implications for class actions as the dust settles

Archis A. Parasharami, Esq.
Mayer Brown LLP / Washington, DC

F. Paul Bland, Jr., Esq., Senior Attorney
Public Justice Foundation / Washington, DC

3:45 pm

Break Sponsored by Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC

4:00 pm

Lessons (con't): Consumer Protection Roundtable

Recent developments under some of the key state consumer protection acts

Dean N. Panos, Esq., Moderator
Jenner & Block LLP / Chicago, IL

Timothy G. Blood, Esq.
Blood Hurst & O'Reardon LLP / San Diego, CA

John P. Hooper, Esq.
Reed Smith / New York, NY

Mark S. Mester, Esq.
Latham & Watkins LLP / Chicago, IL

J. Gerard Stranch, IV, Esq.
Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC / Nashville, TN

5:15 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Attendees and Faculty

Sponsored by The Garden City Group, Inc. (GCG)


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Privilege Logs, Litigation Holds, Electronic Discovery

Shedding light on an area of ever-increasing importance and complexity

Richard J. Arsenault, Esq.
Neblett, Beard & Arsenault / Alexandria, LA

Art Crivella, CEO
Crivella West Incorporated / Carnegie, PA

Christopher Q. King, Esq.
SNR Denton / Chicago, IL

10:00 am


10:15 am

Lessons (con't): Antitrust Roundtable

Plaintiff's perspective

Mary Jane Fait, Esq.
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC / Chicago, IL

Eric L. Cramer, Esq.
Berger & Montague, P.C. / Philadelphia, PA

Defendant's perspective

Brian J. Murray, Esq.
Jones Day / Chicago, IL

11:30 am

Lunch (on your own)

12:45 pm

A View from the Bench

Judicial perspective on managing class actions

The Hon. Milton I. Shadur, Senior Judge
United States District Court / Chicago, IL

1:15 pm

Multi-State Litigation in the Post-CAFA World

Plaintiff's perspective

Adam J. Levitt, Esq.
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC / Chicago, IL

Defendant's perspective

Rebekah Kaufman, Esq.
Morrison & Foerster LLP / San Francisco, CA

2:15 pm

Break Sponsored by Jenner & Block LLP

2:30 pm

Developing Trial Strategies and Approaches

Scott A. Bursor, Esq.
Bursor & Fisher, P.A. / New York, NY

3:00 pm

Trying a Class Action Case

Mark S. Arisohn, Esq.
Labaton Sucharow LLP / New York, NY

James P. Bennett, Esq.
Morrison & Foerster LLP / San Francisco, CA

4:00 pm

Class Action Notice: Rules and Statutes Governing Notice-FRCP (b)(3) "Best Practicable"

What constitutes a best practicable notice? What practitioners and courts should expect in the new era of online and social media

Jeanne C. Finegan, APR, Senior Vice President, Communications
The Garden City Group, Inc. (GCG) / Lake Oswego, OR

4:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for this program is $1245 with a group rate of $935 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $830. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $622.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: IL 13.5 CLE credits, including 1 ethics. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

Faculty Bios

Adam J. Levitt, Program Co-Chair, partner at Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC, focuses on class actions and complex commercial litigation, on both the trial and appellate court levels, in federal and state courts nationwide.
Full bio and contact info for Adam J. Levitt at Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC

Dean N. Panos, Program Co-Chair, partner in the Litigation Department at Jenner & Block LLP, is Co-Chair of the Products Liability and Mass Tort Defense Practice and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation and Class Action Practice.
Full bio and contact info for Dean N. Panos at Jenner & Block LLP

Howard S. Suskin, Moderator, partner in the Litigation Department at Jenner & Block LLP, is Co-Chair of its Class Action Practice. He has first-chair experience representing clients in civil and criminal securities matters.
Full bio and contact info for Howard S. Suskin at Jenner & Block LLP

Mark S. Arisohn, partner at Labaton Sucharow LLP, concentrates on prosecuting complex securities fraud cases on behalf of institutional investors.

Richard J. Arsenault is a partner at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault. His experience as a trial lawyer, author, mediator and expert witness, has provided a unique foundation for navigating complex litigation.

James P. Bennett, partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, is an experienced trial lawyer. He has first-chaired over 30 complex commercial jury trials.
Full bio and contact info for James P. Bennett at Morrison & Foerster LLP

F. Paul Bland, Jr., a Senior Attorney for Public Justice and Of Counsel at Chavez & Gertler LLP, handles precedent-setting complex civil litigation. He has won more than 20 cases that led to reported decisions in federal and state courts.

Timothy G. Blood, Mmanaging partner at Blood Hurst & O'Reardon LLP, focuses on complex litigation, including class action litigation. He is a recognized expert on consumer fraud law.

Scott A. Bursor, partner at Bursor & Fisher, P.A., focuses on complex civil litigation and class actions. Since 2008, he has tried four class action cases to juries, and has won a 9-figure award and three 8-figure awards for the class plaintifffs.

Thomas H. Burt, partner at Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP, concentrates in securities class actions and complex commercial litigation. Previously, he practiced criminal defense with noted defense lawyer Jack T. Litman.

Myron M. Cherry, managing partner at Myron M. Cherry & Associates LLC, has tried business and commercial cases in federal (including the Supreme Court) and state courts.

Eric L. Cramer, shareholder at Berger & Montague, P.C., focuses on complex litigation in the antitrust arena, including prosecuting antitrust class actions in the pharmaceutical, medical device and other major industries.

Art Crivella is CEO and Co-Founder of Crivella West Incorporated. His discernment of some of the basic inequities and inefficiencies in the litigation process has led to many changes in the way the legal industry approaches discovery.

Mary Jane Fait, partner at Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC, is experienced in complex antitrust class actions. She concentrates in trial and appellate litigation, in antitrust, securities and consumer fraud.

Elizabeth A. Fegan, partner at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, focuses on complex commercial class action cases in the areas of antitrust, pharmaceutical litigation, insurance fraud and consumer protection.

Jeanne C. Finegan, Senior Vice President of The Garden City Group, Inc. (GCG), and GCG Communications, is an internationally recognized expert in class action notification campaigns.

John P. Hooper, partner at Reed Smith, defends companies in complex litigations, including a variety of commercial, product liability, financial services, intellectual property cases and consumer class actions.

Rebekah Kaufman, partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, is Chair of the Consumer Litigation and Class Action practice, concentrating on consumer class action and financial services litigation, and complex commercial disputes.
Full bio and contact info for Rebekah Kaufman at Morrison & Foerster LLP

Christopher Q. King, partner at SNR Denton, is a litigator who concentrates in the areas of securities litigation and arbitration, consumer fraud, ERISA, antitrust and other class actions.

Mark David McPherson, partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, represents companies and individuals in investigations (both regulatory and internal), class action lawsuits, securities fraud litigation and contractual disputes.

Mark S. Mester, partner at Latham & Watkins LLP, is experienced in class action litigation and is the Global Chair of the firm's Consumer Class Action Practice Group.

E. Powell Miller, CEO at The Miller Law Firm, P.C., focuses on all aspects of litigation. He has been retained by many Fortune 500 clients to represent them in litigation throughout the U.S.

Brian J. Murray, partner at Jones Day, leads the Chicago office's Issues & Appeals Practice. He handles complex commercial, class action and multijurisdictional litigation, and has first-chair jury trial experience.
Full bio and contact info for Brian J. Murray at Jones Day

Archis A. Parasharami, litigation partner at Mayer Brown LLP, is Co-Chair of the Consumer Litigation & Class Action Practice and a member of the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice. He has been involved with more than 40 class action matters.

Stanley J. Parzen, partner at Mayer Brown LLP, focuses on complex litigation in arbitration, including trials and appeals, mainly defending accounting firms and other professionals.
Full bio and contact info for Stanley J. Parzen at Mayer Brown LLP

Stephen M. Rummage, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, has defended consumer class actions, securities fraud claims, right of publicity actions, complex contract disputes and construction matters.

The Honorable Milton I. Shadur is a Senior Judge in the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois. He was appointed by President Carter in 1980.

J. Gerard Stranch, IV, member at Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC, focuses on complex litigation including shareholder derivative actions, securities, class actions, anti-trusts and ERISA 401k litigation.
Full bio and contact info for J. Gerard Stranch IV at Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC

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